Lisa Stafford, programming director of Festival International named Chevalier of the Order of Arts & Letters [fr]
On Thursday, November 2, Lisa Stafford, Programming Director of Festival International was named "Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (Knight of the Order of Arts & Letters), a prestigious distinction awarded under the jurisdiction of the French Minister of Culture and Communication.
At a reception in her honor prior to La Fête du Festival, presented by Home Bank, the Festival International fundraiser, the Consul General of France in Louisiana, Mr. Vincent Sciama presented the award in the name of the President of the French Republic: "With your hard work, the festival is known around the world and is a cornerstone of francophonie in the United States, demonstrating the vitality of French culture and heritage in Louisiana. I look forward to experiencing this festival for the first time in the Spring!"
Stafford in now in her 20th year as Programming Director of Festival International de Louisiane. Over the span of her career with the organization, Lisa has created a broad network with thousands of international and local musicians. She has also nurtured growth opportunities for Francophone musicians to develop their exposure in the United States. "I had kind of given up meeting someone like her in the music business and there she was: A beautiful human being with unforgiving ears and a total dedication to her craft," says Pascale Danae, member of Parisian band Delgrés.
Stafford has assisted many artists similar to Danae along her professional journey. "To be honored for something that I am so passionate about and love doing is both rewarding and humbling," says Stafford. "I am so fortunate to have a job that has taken me to so many places, allowed me to meet so many people and experience so many cultures."
Established in 1957, the award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and around the world. Other recipients include Zachary Richard, Eric Clapton, and Bono.
From left to right: Vincent Sciama (Consul General of France in Louisiana) with four Louisianian Knights of theFrench Order of Arts and Letters: Barry Ancelet (Cajun folklorist and modern languages professor), Lisa Stafford (Programming Director of Festival International), David Cheramie (CEO of Bayou Vermillion District), and Zachary Richard (Cajun Singer/Songwriter and poet)